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Buckthorn and Browns

March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

Tried something new this year.  Yep,  participated in my first ever Trout Unlimited stream improvement project on March 5, 2016, at the Vermillion River.  There were forty plus volunteers who spent several hours removing buckthorn.  It was a perfect day for it, not too cold, about 38 degrees, and cloudy.  The amount of buckthorn removed was pretty amazing.  One of the piles was the size of a two car garage, if not bigger.  Amazing how much a group of strangers united with a common goal can accomplish in a couple of hours.  Pretty amazing too how everyone falls into a role really without any instruction.  It felt great to be outdoors working up a sweat for the common good.

Buckthorn Haiku

Vermillion River

Trout Unlimited Heroes

Buckthorn Removal

The event wrapped up around noon and with it being such a nice day and all I decided to head to the Trimbelle River near Ellsworth, WI for a little fishing action.   Trout Streams of Wisconsin and Minnesota by Humphrey and Shogren is an indispensable guide for MN fly anglers and their assessment was spot on.  Difficult to access.  A couple of very nice stream improvements by the Trimbelle Rod & Gun Club.  But, boy those trout (small) are spooky.  Sat down on the bank and waited several minutes to make a cast.  First flick of the rod and every nearby trout shot out from their hiding place and darted around that pool and everyone thereafter.  The Trimbelle is beautiful, but tiny and crystal clear.  Kudos to the Trimbelle Rod & Gun club for their love and devotion and all the hard work they’ve invested in the stream.  Under the right conditions I’m sure some nice trout could be brought to hand by those more delicate than I.

Sunday promised to be the warmest day of the year and I decided to head to the Kinni.   Windy. Boy was it windy.  I probably should have fished the lower portion as the cliffs would have provided shelter from the wind but I decided to fish the upper section.  I know the lower section has larger fish but the upper part is like seeing an old friend after too long of an absence and thus the upper section it was.  Gorgeous day. A furious wind that gusted the river’s surface into a froth.  Had it been calm the dry fly fishing would have been dynamite.  Even so, I did notice the occasional trout dimple the surface to take a midge on the rare moments when the wind died down.  There were several willing takers and it was nice to again feel the tug of an energetic brown trout dancing and pirouetting through the air.

 

Spirits

Spirits of the blue

mysteriously they flow

fill thy heart, thy soul

Hats

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